Once a prosperous industrial section of the city, Callow Hill went into a significant decline during the 1970s and 1980s. The population dropped significantly, leaving empty factories and rowhouses behind. Crime took over and the decline continued to worsen. A sudden burst of interest in turning the row houses and empty factories into trendy lofts has turned much of the community around. While there is still much to do, crime is on the decline and there are many new homes being built. The entire area is connected with plenty of sidewalks for you and Fifi to go walking on.
The one thing that is absent from most of the city is anything in the way of green space. There are a couple of pet supply stores in the area and parks within driving distance. Like most of Philly, the climate ranges from the mid-20s in January to the mid-80s in July.
Callow Hill is one massive swath of cement and pavement with little in the way of challenging places to go with your dog on their daily walks. The lay of the land is flat followed by flatter, all covered in a thick layer of pavement, but you can make good use of this type of terrain by planning your walks carefully.
The one important thing to remember is that, just like you, your dog can become bored with always walking the same way. To them, the world is their oyster and they want to sniff every inch of it! Take different directions, walk around different blocks, or take your car and check out the many great parks Philly has to offer. To the west is The Oval, located in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The associated Paine's Park is also a cool place for you and your dog to check.
Callow Hill is one vast sea of concrete from top to bottom and the only greenways are the Rail Park, Callow Hill Entrance, and a few empty lots. Even the sidewalks don't have grass berms to separate them from the streets. If you want green spaces where you and your pooch can run around on the grass, you have to drive for a while.
On the edge of the Delaware River, Penn Treaty Park has 7 acres of vast open green space. This park is an excellent place for you, your family, and your pooch to hang out on a sunny day by the river.
If the Schuylkill River is more to your tastes, there is Paine's Park. This is the city's landmark skatepark with over 30,000 square feet of rails, transitions, ledges, and benches. It's perfect for skateboarders, but at the same time, there are trails to walk on, vast open areas of grass, and plenty of shade trees.